The wonders of the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany
SOUTHERN BRITTANY : WELCOME !
The beach « Les Granges » :
The beach is located 200 from the campsite and can easily be reached on foot. This beach is a preserved, wild beach. At low tide, you can gather mussels and oysters or eat them as you go along ! At high tide you can swim or sunbathe. At both high and low tides, this beach is a great place to sit and contemplate, on a bench or on the wall. Sunset, a slight breeze, a breath of fresh air…Dogs are prohibited on this beach between 15 May and 15 September, due to the pollution caused by people leaving their dog mess behind. To the left and right of the beach there are miles of coastal paths : If you take a right, you can walk along the coast towards Pen Lan and discover the megalithic site Cairn des Grays dating back to the Neolithic period, a listed historic monument. When you arrive at Pen Lan you will find a beach, restaurants (Le Bistrot du Port and Domaine de Rochevilaine), the harbour with fishing and leisure boats. If you continue to follow the coastal path, it will take you back where you came from towards Les Granges or take the cycle path towards the centre of Billiers. You can download a map of hiking trails on the Arc Sud Bretagne website. Select the « Circuit des Mégalithes ». Some of the circuits follow the same path as the GR34 coastal path. If you take a left and follow the coastline, you will discover the countryside and the Dolmen de Crapaud, an historic monument. Peace and quiet, maybe a slight wind, a superb view over the beach and the mussel beds… just you and nature. This circuit is on the hiking trail map and is known as the « Circuit des Vignes ». It will take you through a fir forest and lots more, so breathe deeply and just enjoy… !
Billiers, is a small, preserved town which faces the Vilaine estuary. There are miles of coastal paths and marked footpaths from the town centre to Pen Lan, taking you past the abbey, Notre Dame de Prières, and Les Granges. The Prières centre is now a rehabilitation centre to help men and women get back into the work environment. You can buy fruit and vegetables, eggs and other products made by them. In Pen Lan, discover Les Barges beach, a sheltered beach popular with swimmers. Romantics can head to Lovers’ beach (plage des Amoureux) at the foot of Domaine de Rochevilaine, which is not far from Pen Lan lighthouse, red and white like Tintin’s moon rocket. And to complete the loop, head for Billiers harbour and the « Belle de Vilaine » an old sailing vessel which will take you on a trip back in time.
Muzillac is not only practical, it is also boasts a rich natural environment : Pen Mur site. Here there are plenty of long walks to be enjoyed amongst the trees, flowers and river… you can even fish for perch and pike. For years there was an old paper mill open to the public for visits but unfortunately the papermaking savoir-faire has been transferred elsewhere. The Chapel of Moustéro, Trégréhenne, Pénesclus and Saint Thérèse church are open to the public for visits (meals are organised every year by local associations to raise money to upkeep the buildings… ask for details).
Further afield in southern Brittany :
Damgan, a 20 minutes car drive, long sandy beaches, public parks, restaurants, Pénerf harbour, Kervoyal. Plenty of places to visit…
Pénestin, 25 minutes or just opposite if you cross the Vilaine !
The beach « Mine d’Or », its Sunday market…
You can also explore Le Guerno and its animal park « Branféré », Noyal Muzillac, La Roche Bernard (a must), located approximately 20 mintes from the campsite.
For further tourist information : http://www.tourisme-arc-sud-bretagne.com/
Rochefort en Terre, 40 minutes from the campsite, voted the « favourite village » by the French in 2016. A definite must-visit. A small village ablaze with flowers, surrounded by artisanal boutiques (ice-creams, Breton cakes, gingerbread, pancakes…)
Vannes, 30 minutes from the campsite, a dynamic town and a definite must-visit : its ramparts, the harbour, its huge market twice a week…
Near the Gulf of Morbihan, Breton islands
(Arz, Hoëdic, Ile aux moines …)............